Min7 Arpeggios

Learn how to play all min7 arpeggio shapes!

The easiest arpeggio to learn is the min7 arpeggio. This is because it is almost identical to the Minor Pentatonic scale shape.

All arpeggio shapes must be learned just like you learned the barre chords, the pentatonic scales and the modes. You must start slowly and work your way through all shapes and keys using the cycle of 4th.

As you practise the five shapes below, look for connections between the chord – Minor Pentatonic – arpeggio.


The Em shape

The Em shaped min7 arpeggio looks very similar to the Em shaped Minor Pentatonic.

Make sure you can see the connection and know where all intervals are located.

Am7 arpeggio, Em shape

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Dm7 arpeggio, Em shape

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When you can play the arpeggio shape in Am and Dm, keep going through the cycle of 4th until you played through all keys, like this: Am7 – Dm7 – Gm7 – Cm7 – Fm7 – Bbm7 – Ebm7 – Abm7 – Dbm7 – Gbm7 – Bm7 – Em7.

To vary the exercise, play the arpeggio shape using different rhythms compared with what I do in the video lesson.


The Am shape

This shape is really easy to remember.

Learn it in all twelve keys before you move on. Here they are as Am7 and Dm7.

Am7 arpeggio, Am shape

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Dm7 arpeggio, Am shape

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The more you practised your Minor Pentatonic, the easier the process of learning the min7 arpeggios will be.

If you practise both the Minor Pentatonic and the min7 arpeggio in the same session you’ll automatically identify all the 4th intervals in every single shape.


The Dm shape

Can you see how this shape is also like the Minor Pentatonic, without the 4th?

Am7 arpeggio, Dm shape

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Dm7 arpeggio, Dm shape

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When the Am7 and Dm7 arpeggios are OK, continue with the cycle of 4th, just like you have with all previous shapes.

Vary the rhythm of the exercise for maximum effect.


The Gm shape

The Gm shaped min7 arpeggio is almost identical to the Gm shaped Minor Pentatonic. Only the 4th interval is missing.

Think about how this can work to your advantage when you solo with the minor pentatonic. If you can sort out your note choices out to this detail, improvising is easy.

Am7 arpeggio, Gm shape

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Dm7 arpeggio, Gm shape

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The Cm shape

The Cm shape might be the most difficult to solo with due to its stretchy layout, compare it with the Cm shaped Minor Pentatonic.

As you practise the Cm7 shaped arpeggio, call out the intervals, this will strengthen the connection between the sound and the intervals.

Here’s what they look like in Chordacus and below that you find the video lessons of this final shape.

Am7 arpeggio, Cm shape

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Dm7 arpeggio, Cm shape

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Summary

That was all the min7 arpeggios, easy to learn as there was only one notes difference between the arpeggio and the Minor Pentatonic.

As you practised these shapes and identified where the 4th was missing you really hammered home the 4th interval, which is a bit ironic as it’s the only note you didn’t play!

When learning the guitar fretboard, you should always strive towards this goal of knowing exactly where every single interval is located.

Using the framework of pentatonic scales, modes and arpeggios will get you to this point.

Take the advanced course and you’ll learn how to apply the min7 arpeggio when you write and improvise.

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